As we rush toward the end of Peanuts' second full decade, Snoopy finds himself almost completely engrossed in his persona as the World War I Flying Ace.
Still, Snoopy looms large, so this volume (a particularly Snoopy heavy one) sees him arm-wrestling Lucy as the 'Masked Marvel' and then taking off for Petaluma for the national arm-wrestling championship; impersonating a vulture and a 'Cheshire Beagle'; enjoying golf and hockey; attempting a jaunt to France for an ice skating championship; running for office on the 'Paw' ticket; being traded to Peppermint Patty's baseball team, then un-traded and installed as team manager by a guilt-ridden Charlie Brown; as well as dealing with the return of his original owner, Lila.
Peppermint Patty, working toward her ascendancy as one of the major Peanuts players in the 1970s and 1980s, also has several major turns, including a story line in which she's the tent monitor for three little girls (who call her 'Sir' - a joke Schulz would pick up later with Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie).
Linus's flippant comment to his Gramma that he'll kick his blanket habit when she kicks her smoking habit backfires; Lucy bullies Linus, pesters Schroeder, and organizes a 'crab-in'; plus Charlie Brown copes with Valentine's Day depression, the Little Red-Haired Girl, the increasingly malevolent kite-eating tree, and baseball losses. In other words: Vintage Peanuts!
All this, plus an introduction by beloved transgressive filmmaker John Waters and award-winning design by Seth.
* All human life is here: childhood sadness, youthful romance, sarcastic dogs. Most impressive is the amount of expression Charles M Schulz was able to get into his characters' faces - notably the lips. That slight wobble in Charlie Brown's smile is utterly charming. Daily Telegraph * As powerful a comic art-piece as anything out today ... will delight Peanuts aficionados. Observer * One of the finest cultural artifacts made in the 20th century. Russell T. Davies * Peanuts was, and is, and will continue to be the finest comic in the world. Bravo. Ray Bradbury
For Ages: 8+ years old
For Grades: 5 - 12
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 6th October 2011
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 21.6 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.91